Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

Program Description

The Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) Program assists Veterans with service-connected disabilities to prepare for, find, and keep suitable jobs. For Veterans with service-connected disabilities so severe that they cannot immediately consider work, this program offers services to improve their ability to live as independently as possible. VR&E is sometimes referred to as the Chapter 31 program.

The Providence VA Regional Office has a team of VR&E counselors.


  • VR&E services begin with vocational testing. Identified career goals may require training or education. A veteran can receive up to 48 months of benefits, including training costs and a stipend. (Duration of benefits and stipend amount may depend on use of and eligibility for GI Bill benefits.)
  • For veterans unable to work, VR&E includes Independent Living Services benefits which last for 30 months. ILS helps veterans live more independently or connect with their communities. Examples of ILS benefits include computer classes, art classes, computer purchase, and home modifications.


  • Veterans with a 20+% service-connected disability and an employment handicap. -OR-
  • Veterans with a 10% service-connected rating and a serious employment handicap.
  • VR&E benefits are available for 12 years after the service-connected disability decision, although that deadline can be extended for serious employment handicaps.

How To Apply

  • Apply online and a VR&E counselor will contact you for an appointment, generally within two weeks.

Contact Info

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment

380 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903

About Providence VA Regional Office

The Providence VA Regional Office serves veterans in RI and southeastern Massachusetts. The Regional Office is responsible for the management of most non-medical benefits provided by the Veterans Benefits Administration, including compensation, pension, vocational rehabilitation ... MORE